Visitor’s visa and residence permit
A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.
Ethiopian citizens must apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of Ethiopia need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days. Applications for visitor’s visas to Norway are handled by The Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa. Applications for residence permits are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. All applications must be submitted through VFS Global in Addis Ababa.
VFS Nairobi and VFS Dar es Salaam are opening up again from Monday 22nd June. VFS Kampala and VFS Addis Ababa will open from Monday 29th June. Please note that the opening hours will be from 8 am to 1 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please also note that they will only accept applications and resubmissions for residence permits.
Due to COVID-19 and restrictions on who can enter into Norway, no Schengen visas are being processed unless there is an extraordinary case. You can read more about it here.